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The History of Toothpicks


The history of toothpicks
The correct history of toothpicks is still inconclusive, but archaeologists have found dents similar to toothpicks in the teeth of prehistoric people, and remnants of small bamboo picks have been found between the teeth. Because of its small size, the material is usually wood or bamboo, and it is also easily converted to ashes, so its status is low, and there is indeed little evidence of the invention of toothpicks in history. Fortunately, Chinese archaeologists unearthed toothpicks made of gold, probably in the late Han Dynasty. Although this kind of golden toothpicks belongs to a small number of royal families and not owned by ordinary people, it still proves that toothpicks existed in China in the 3rd century AD.
Toothpicks are also called "tooth picking sticks" and so on. They are wooden sticks, bamboo sticks, corn or plastic sticks and plastic dental floss with one or both ends sharpened. There are also special bones of certain animals such as ivory or fish used to remove The thin wooden or bamboo sticks of tartar or debris between the teeth, and toothpicks made of synthetic materials. It is an important oral hygiene appliance that has a history of more than 2,000 years.
Today, due to the increasing awareness of environmental protection, toothpick manufacturers gradually do not use wood to make toothpicks, but instead use some edible or decomposable materials to make them, such as starch-based plastics. Some toothpicks in China are made of bamboo. In the past, some of the toothpicks used by the Chinese royal family were even made of ivory. Toothpicks and toothpick packaging are also special preferences of some collectors. In addition, toothpicks used in Asia tend to be thinner than those used in Europe and the United States.